2020 was quite the year. In a pivotal election cycle, we witnessed the global spread of COVID-19, an acute respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, while civil unrest shook us to the core. Collectively, it’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to closing out a year unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. But, here’s something to consider: in the midst of this turbulent year, God is still moving; He’s still healing and making provisions.
Are you in a rush to welcome 2021? How you choose to end the year can greatly impact how you transition into the next. In efforts to finish this year strong, let’s shift our focus. Here’s how resilient leaders and entrepreneurs can end 2020 well:
1. I Reframe your thoughts.
Many believed that 2020 would be the year of vision; in hindsight, there was no way that we could see the year’s hardships in queue. However, that doesn’t discredit the fact that we gained clarity in ways we didn’t know we needed. It might not have appeared how we envisioned, but God has a purpose for 2020. What felt like failure this year was really an opportunity for you to plant a seed. The goals you weren’t able to accomplish laid the framework for what will later come into fruition. In ending this year well, as resilient leaders and entrepreneurs, reframe the way you view 2020. What lessons did you learn that will help you navigate 2021? What setbacks did you experience that are preparing you for a comeback? Sometimes, ending the year on a strong note requires quiet reflection.
2. Slow down.
During this time of year, we tend to get busier as endless shopping trips and self-imposed obligations consume our days. Do less this holiday season by setting more boundaries, and saying “no” when necessary. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, there’s no better time to sit still. In taking time to slow down and reflect, you’re more likely to do more in preparation for the upcoming year. More importantly, a vital component of finishing the year well is incorporating intimate time with God into your everyday schedule. It’s in those still, quiet moments when you can hear God clearly as He speaks, and even give you direction and strategy for what’s next. Resilient leaders and entrepreneurs make time to get in His presence with prayer, praise and worship, and reading the Word.
3. Prioritize your health.
You don’t have to wait until the new year to start taking better care of your body. ‘Tis the season for holiday delicacies and all types of delicious food, but challenge yourself to be more mindful of what you’re consuming at this time. Not just physically, but mentally too. We’ll find that our minds are racing toward the possibilities of next year while our bodies are trying to catch up. Limit your distractions, and use this time to hone in on how you’re feeling. It doesn’t matter how strong you are; this year took a toll on all of us in one way or another. Have you been too busy to take inventory of how your body feels and what’s going on in your mind?
4. Steward what’s already in your hands.
Most people already have their mental wheels turning about what’s in store for the upcoming year. Whether you’re looking to launch your business or find new ways to increase your revenue, the process of planning for the new year can leave you frustrated, tired, and, unfulfilled —especially during a time of uncertainty. Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails (MSG).” What is God asking you to do right now? Instead of looking ahead, let’s focus on the assignments He’s put in front of us. Let God use every bit of this year. To all of the resilient leaders and entrepreneurs, whatever He’s given you to do, use this time to steward it well.
We’ve made it to the end of a challenging year, and that’s no small feat! Don’t let this year end without showing gratitude for how you’ve made it. When we reframe the way we look at 2020, we’ll see that there was some good that came from this year. We have a new appreciation not only for life but for those connected to us. Things that we once took for granted, we now see them through the eyes of gratitude. Having breath in our bodies is enough reason to celebrate! You are here, and God still has a purpose for your life. With roughly two weeks left in this year, let’s give God glory for how He kept and covered you. Take time to look back over this year and reflect on the good that came from it. How did you grow in 2020? Did you learn something new? What obstacles did you overcome? These are all things worth celebrating. Don’t miss the opportunity to give thanks for what God has done this year.
Remember, God still has work He wants to do. Don’t miss it because you’ve become so preoccupied with moving on to the next; live out the rest of this year with purpose. When you make the most out of your present circumstances, it prepares you for what’s yet to come. And just like all of the resilient leaders and entrepreneurs who are reading this blog post, The ILS team is focused on ending the year well, and we’re looking forward to sharing some exciting news about 2021 ILS with you. Like most events we’ve seen over these past several months, we’ve had to make a shift, so please stay tuned to ThisIsILS.org as more details are underway in the coming weeks.